VIDEO: Unpacking the new TAG Heuer releases from lab-grown diamonds to serious diversFergus Nash
Amongst all the gargantuan and intricate displays at Watches & Wonders, the TAG Heuer area was buzzing. After bumping into Kristian Haagen from DailyWatch, Andrew headed in to break down the list of TAG Heuer new releases, and unpack what makes them so exciting.
Lots of attention has been justifiably given to the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma. There’s not necessarily anything new about a chronograph with a tourbillon and diamonds, but the way they’ve integrated those elements is totally unprecedented. The case is made of black aluminium and has several huge diamond chunks embedded into the sides, giving it a fragmented look like a dimensional portal gone wrong. The dial is grown as a single piece out of lab-created diamond that forms a dusty, granulated look, which is then cut for the subdials and open-tourbillon.
Another highlight includes the incorporation of new solar panel technology within a 40mm Aquaracer with a carbon bezel and electric blue seconds hand, providing an incredibly cool yet tasteful look that will keep your watch ticking without battery replacements. The signature corrugated dial remains and even has some subtle sunburst brushing. This technology is beginning to crop up more and more within the Swiss analogue watch world, proving that quartz may be in for a comeback with the traditionalist crowd.
The Aquaracer Superdiver range meanwhile is TAG Heuer’s return to serious diving with 1000 metres of water resistance and a slew of other impressive features. This ISO-certified professional tool for saturation diving, harks back to the spirit of the uber-cool 1000m Diver and Super Professional models from the ‘80s, but with a design language in line with the modern 300-metre model. Naturally, the case dimensions are going to be bigger than the 300, at 45mm, but the height of 15.75mm is completely reasonable for a 1000-metre diver.
If you want to see this and all the other new TAG Heuer releases as well as some up-close footage, be sure to watch the video.